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Statistically assisted programme selection - International experiences and potential benefits for Switzerland

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  • Frölich, Markus

    ()
    (Universität Gt. Gallen, Swiss Institute for International Economics and Applied Economic Research (SIAW))

  • Lechner, Michael

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    (Universität Gt. Gallen, Swiss Institute for International Economics and Applied Economic Research (SIAW))

  • Steiger, Heidi

    ()
    (Universität Gt. Gallen, Swiss Institute for International Economics and Applied Economic Research (SIAW))

Abstract

The need for better targeting of active labour market programmes is evident from the many evaluation studies that find insignificant or even negative effects. A statistical system could contribute to a more precise targeting of labour market programmes to those individuals who are likely to benefit from them. Such a system could assist caseworkers in selecting adequate programmes on an individual basis. In this paper, international experiences with these systems are surveyed and a potential approach for Switzerland is developed. The simulated outcomes indicate that a statistical selection system could have contributed to a substantial re-employment increase.

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Paper provided by IFAU - Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy in its series Working Paper Series with number 2004:1.

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Length: 31 pages
Date of creation: 01 Sep 2003
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Publication status: Published in Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics, 2003, pages 311-331.
Handle: RePEc:hhs:ifauwp:2004_001

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Keywords: Active labour market policy; profiling; targeting; statistical treatment rules;

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